BlackBerry partners PayPal for BBM P2P payments

BlackBerry partners PayPal for BBM P2P payments

BlackBerry has teamed up with PayPal for a trial that lets BBM users in Canada send and receive money through the messaging service.

Once they have connected their PayPal account, BBM users can send money to friends and family within a chat by hitting a PayPal icon and entering the amount.



Explaining the service, Matt Gromada, director, consumer product marketing, PayPal, says: "Whether you're paying a roommate back for rent or splitting dinner with friends, buying a group gift or sending your kid some spending money, sending money with PayPal through BBM is easy because it’s where your conversation is already happening.

"People don't have to leave BBM to send a photo or file. So, why should they have to with money? - Pay and get paid in the moment, right in your BBM conversations, using your mobile device."

The external beta is available for some BlackBerry, iOS and Android BBM users in Canada, and will roll out to other regions around the globe in the coming weeks.

Comments: (3)

Dave Sanderson
Dave Sanderson - YBS Group - Bradford/Leeds - UK 13 August, 2015, 09:19Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Well BlackBerry Messenger is definitely a blast from the past, I can't imagine this will be used too much.

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 13 August, 2015, 09:48Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes And the news (in August 2015) is?..
Karl Weaver
Karl Weaver - Newport Technologies - Woodinville 14 August, 2015, 02:43Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

They will probably use HFC NFC and bypass the Sim card for sure, which makes perfect sense, since they added NFC functionality along with Virtual Target Immulation mode in 2011, but MNOs rejected that.  They have been working with Royal bank of Canada and MNOs to move payments forward, and their Blackberry Passport and Classic models are good, and I mean the Passport is really good, as well as Blackberry OS 10.   

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